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Flipkart to hire 12,000, Snapdeal to go big on hiring too

Himani Chandna Gurtoo, Hindustan Times  Delhi, June 12, 2014
First Published: 11:11 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 17:35 IST(12/6/2014)

With Amazon ramping up its presence in India, domestic online retailers have firmed up their hiring plans.

India’s largest online retailer, Flipkart, which crossed $1-billion (approx 5,920 crore) mark in sales in March, plans to hire 12,000 people during 2014-15.

“Our focus on hiring is going to be pretty aggressive as we are looking to increase our current team strength from 13,000 to 25,000, by the end of current fiscal,” said Mekin Maheshwari, chief people officer, Flipkart.

Flipkart, which recently acquired majority stake in online fashion retailer Myntra, will be hiring across levels and functions with senior leadership and technology hiring being the priority.

“In engineering alone, we plan to hire 1,200 people to create a strong team by the end of 2014,” said Maheshwari.

Another domestic online retailer, Snapdeal, has decided to push up its hiring numbers to gear up for the competition. “To stand against the growing competition, we plan to double our headcount. We plan to add 1,300 people more to the current headcount of about 1,300 people,” said Saurabh Nigam, VP, human resource,

Snapdeal, which completed its second round of funding this year by raising $100 million (593.25 crore), hired 500 people last year.

Both the leading e-commerce players are prominent recruiters at IITs and IIMs. While Flipkart is ready to hire from global universities like Harvard and Stanford’s management batch of 2015, Snapdeal is also drafting similar strategies.

E-commerce firms are hunting to acquire senior-level talent from industries such as FMCG, consumer durable, IT apart from their own industry. “Large hiring plans by e-tailing majors are in line with the steep growth chalked out for the coming years. This segment will be a major contributor to overall job creations this fiscal,” said Aditya Narayan Mishra, President, Randstad India, a US-based staffing firm.

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